I’ve just given our bedroom a makeover and wanted to share everything from initial inspiration, picking out colours and where things are from, so here we go…
Let’s kick this off with a reminder of how the room used to look…
Not bad I know, it just needed a refresh and it felt like the perfect opportunity to give it a whole new look and feel.
If you follow me on Instagram or have seen my previous room makeovers, you’ll be familiar with my decor style which is very much bohemian, vintage, infused with moroccan and a hint of modern. I’m lucky because my style comes naturally to me, I know what I like and I find it easy to visualise how a space will look before I’ve even begun.
That doesn’t mean to say my designs, style and taste doesn’t evolve though. I’m often influenced by trends, as we all are, whether you’re conscious of that or not and not every room has the same look or feel so that also affects the final look.
I started planning this room last year and one thing I always stress to people is don’t rush the planning stage but more importantly than that, do not buy anything until you have planned and are happy with your ideas, you will regret it.
The very first thing I did when planning this room was look on Pinterest and pin everything and anything I liked in relation to what I wanted the room to look and feel like.
Here are some of the pins I added to my inspiration board.
Once I had some ideas in place I used an app called Moodboard to help piece together the actual room. This included, colours, textiles and pattern. I also used an app called super impose to put things in the actual room which helps visualise the finished space.
Another really handy app is the Dulux visualiser app because you can change the colour of the walls and ceiling to the colours you’re looking to decorate in. This helps get a feel for how they will look before you commit.
Once I was happy with my moodboard I began to decorate.
My first project was to make my headboard out of antique reclaimed tiles from Maitland and Poate. Choosing the tiles was probably the hardest part because they have so many beautiful ones to choose from.
The surround is made with mdf and attached to the wall. The sides and top sit further forward to ensure the tiles were flush and no edges were showing. I then applied the tiles with no nails rather than tile adhesive, which I discovered was the best option after doing some research about tiling straight on to mdf. I didn’t grout the tiles as they won’t be getting wet. The tiling process was really enjoyable and I’m a bit gutted it’s over! Ha ha! Here is my finished headboard, I couldn’t be happier with it!
Next up, the paint colours. When Dulux announced their colour of the year 2021 as Brave Ground, I instantly knew I wanted to use it in the bedroom. I wasn’t sure how or with what palette at the time but it opened my mind to colours I probably wouldn’t have looked at which is what I love about it. I call it a dark neutral and believe me when I say, it goes with everything!
The paint colours I chose are all part of the timeless palette which along with the Brave Ground, I opted for Folk Tales which is a beautiful muted terracotta and an off white called Shifting Sands. The three colours not only compliment each other well, they also bring out the colours in the tiles despite not actually being an exact match.
I decided to create painted arches on the wardrobes as I felt like although the headboard is a striking feature within the room, it needed something else. I definitely don’t think it would look half as effective had I painted them in a solid colour.
The mirror above the fireplace, I’ve actually had for years, after finding it in my local antique shop for around £30. The other mirror was a great find from Facebook marketplace for £10.
Above the fireplace I used to have a calendar which has now been moved to another wall by the window.
I searched for a rug for a really long time, in an ideal world I would have loved a genuine Moroccan Berber rug but time and budget didn’t allow it, so I ended up getting one from Dunelm Mill, which I’m actually really happy with.
The rattan chair is from H&M Home (affiliate link). Probably a completely unnecessary purchase and will only serve the purpose of a clothes horse but it looks cute and that side of the room needed something.
The lamp was a Facebook marketplace find for £10. When I picked it up, it was very shabby chic, so I painted it black which looks much better.
The striped throw and the cushions are all the way from Turkey, all found on Etsy. Etsy is absolutely amazing for finding reasonably priced authentic ethnic style products and often the shipping is faster than buying in the U.K. The linen throw is actually a tablecloth from H&M (affiliate link), which is a nice little hack for adding pattern and texture to your bed on a budget.
I haven’t found a bedside table I like yet so using a stool I found at a car boot sale ages ago. I quite like how understated it is next to the headboard, so maybe it will stay for a while.
The lanterns on top of the headboard are another Facebook marketplace find. I got them for £5 each! The original plan was to have them hanging either side of the bed but when I tried it, they just didn’t sit well so I opted to pop some puck lights inside, place them on the shelf and use them for mood lighting instead. They certainly do their job and give the room an amazing atmosphere in the evenings.
I think that pretty much covers everything but if you see something in the images you’d like more detail on, please let me know.
I’d love to know what you think of my newly decorated bedroom.
Until next time,